I think one of my most controversial ongoing decisions on this blog is my commitment to homeschooling. Now I will admit this summer has been a doozy for me emotionally, and the thought of just sending all the kids off on buses for 8 or so hours a day has been appealing at times. Of course, then I think about all the calls from teachers I would get because of certain behaviors or disorganization or…and the hours of homework each night and so on. So it’s been pretty easy to squash that thought even in my most miserable times.
And then today I saw this article posted online and I was so grateful for the logical and statistical reasoning for homeschooling…Homeschooling is the smartest way to teach kids in the 21st century
My way is the smartest way! For once! And maybe not to all. But right now, I’ll take that win.
We are actually starting school this week. I’m super excited about it. We are not returning to our co op, and the classes I had planned to teach for money, well, that didn’t happen either. So the money stress is off. I bought some new curriculum in June at our state’s homeschool convention, have dug through some of my older stuff. If they were in public school, I would have a 6th, 7th, 11th and 12th Grader, but in reality I have a 5th grader who is in high school science, a 8th grader in high school English and math, a 12th grader who just has to take a limited number of classes at a time, and a college level student who just needs to catch up in math.
I love that homeschooling lets me really cater their learning styles, bolstering their weaknesses and really let them fly in their strengths. I know not every agrees with this choice and the limitations it has put on my job search at times, but I know it’s the right choice for my kids.
On the job front though, as I am truly looking and applying for most anything, I decided to eliminate my homeschool conditions for employment. I know I can homeschool at night or weekends…or even longer lunches if that is an option. And with the right money, I could afford to hire some help to at least keep the kids on track.
Just ending with “Homeschooling is the ‘Smartest Way'”…sometimes it’s just nice to hear that.